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Volume 6 No. 216


Media company 21st Century Fox "is planning to increase live coverage of the Bundesliga in Asia," according to the SID. The Bundesliga will be broadcast in 80 countries on the channels of 21st Century Fox in the future. As part of the cooperation between the German Football League (DFL) and Fox Int'l Channels, the channels will show "a minimum of three live games in Asia" per matchweek, starting with the '15-16 season. Fox Int'l Channels President & CEO Hernan Lopez said, "The Bundesliga is definitely part of our global premium rights. A lot of sports are regional restricted. The agreement with the DFL is the most extensive contract that we've globally signed. The presence of the Bundesliga within our global network of channels is by far the biggest." Lopez said that in Asia, for instance, fans "should be able to access each individual Bundesliga game, 'either on our main channel, on a secondary channel or online'" (SID, 1/28).

Portugal’s Regulatory Authority for the Media (ERC) has, for the second time, "rejected the new shareholding structure" of pay-TV company Sport TV, according to ADVANCED TELEVISION. The so-called “Operation Triangle” would see Portugal Telecom "becoming a shareholder" in the operator of sports pay-TV channels that is currently 50/50 owned by sports rights company Sportinveste and telecommunications operator Zon Optimus. The new shareholding structure would see Portugal Telecom and Zon Optimus having 25% each, while Sportinveste would have the remaining 50%. According to Portuguese daily Publico, the media regulator "reiterated its initial (and binding) negative opinion by majority vote" (ADVANCED TELEVISION, 1/28).

Star India has "licensed the digital distribution rights" for the Indian Premier League in '14 from Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India Group, according to the TIMES OF INDIA. Star India will offer streaming and video on demand on, the Star Sports app, and on mobile operator services powered by Star Sports. Times Internet will distribute IPL streaming and video on demand on its cricket destination on web and mobile, powered by a video player. Both companies "will market the joint proposition, and Star India will be solely responsible for monetization, including advertising sales" (TIMES OF INDIA, 1/28). The Indian BUSINESS STANDARD reported under the agreement, Star India "will offer streaming and video on demand of the T20 tournament." Previously, Times Internet Ltd. had won the global rights for Rs. 261.6 crore ($41M) for four years through '14. The price at which Star has concluded the new deal, however, has "not been disclosed." This deal "further strengthens Star India presence at the IPL" (BUSINESS STANDARD, 1/28).